The future Russian space station will include at least five modules. According to RIA Novosti, Vladimir Soloviev, First Deputy General Designer of RSC Energia, told about this.
We are talking about the project of the Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS). Its formation is planned to begin no earlier than 2030 – after the completion of the operation of the International Space Station (ISS).
So, it is reported that the ROSS will initially include five blocks: this is a base module, a target production module, a logistics module, a specialized platform for assembling, launching, receiving and servicing spacecraft, as well as a commercial module.
The latter will be able to simultaneously receive up to four space tourists. This block will receive large windows through which ROSS guests will be able to admire the stars and our planet. In addition, tourists will be provided with access to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
To launch the modules into orbit, it is planned to use the Angara-A5 launch vehicles, which will be launched from the Plesetsk and Vostochny cosmodromes. It is also noted that the project provides for the regular docking to the station of a free-flying production laboratory module, which will be launched on the Soyuz-2.1b rocket.
In general, the Russian Orbital Service Station will be similar in design to the Mir station sunk in 2001.
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